Parents react to cameras in classrooms

Parents react to cameras in classrooms
(Source: KARK)
(Source: KARK)
(Source: KARK)

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KARK) - The topic of cameras in self-contained special education classrooms had lawmakers and parents debating at Monday's education committee meeting.

Parent Heather Shrader spoke on behalf of her autistic son, saying she had to move him to different schools.

"Putting a child in a hold is not a way to discipline them, but unfortunately that's what we're seeing," Shrader said.

William Harrington found out his special needs son was assaulted in school and there was a video. Harrington says he wasn't able to watch the clip until a month after the incident when the prosecuting attorney picked up the case.

The video shows his then five-year-old son being dragged by a teacher, restrained in a chair, and slapped.

"Some parents don't know that it's happening and that's not right," Harrington said.

The cameras in classrooms bill advocates largely for cameras in the case of suspected abuse or other special circumstances.

Many lawmakers showing early support for the bill, while others express concern about the issue of going overboard with surveillance.

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